What to do about dog bad breath

To effectively get rid of or reduce dog bad breath be sure your dog had regular veterinary dental care.

Dogs with bad breath can keep you from being close to the dogs you love. Halitosis, or bad breath, is an unpleasant odor coming from your dog’s mouth. But bad dog breath can also be a symptom of a more serious problem.  It is estimated that 80 percent of dogs the age of three suffer from periodontal disease — a serious deterioration of the gums  and supporting bones of the teeth.

Left unchecked, the resulting bacteria can enter the dog’s  bloodstream, causing infection or damage to vital organs such as  the kidneys, lungs, heart or liver. That’s why dog bad breath has been the called the “Silent Killer of Pets.”  Proper pet oral health and veterinary dental care from your veterinarian or a vet dentist a may extend the life of your dog by two to five years.

Usually Bad Breath or Halitosis in dogs as well as cats has oral causes, although sometimes it can be caused by other disease processes. These include:

  • Periodontitis (inflammation of the tissue that surrounds the tooth)
  • Periodontal or gum disease caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar
  • Abscessed tooth or teeth
  • Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums)
  • Bone, skin or hair stuck in mouth
  • Oral ulceration
  • Foreign items in the mouth (such as plant material or grass awns)
  • Oral neoplasia (tumors of the mouth)
  • Lung diseases,i.e. lung cancer
  • Severe kidney or liver disease

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